Fiverr Review: Social Bookmarking Services

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This will actually be two reviews for the price of one: one fiverr service I was less-than-impressed with and one service from someone I saw advertising in a forum that was actually a bit cheaper ($4) and a lot better.   Both services were offering social bookmarking services, as in, they would feed our site link to bookmarking sites.  I wanted to see if this type of service would increase traffic to our site or improve our standing with Google or both.

I’ve been a computer guy my whole life but I still can’t describe how much I’ve learned in 2011. I started focusing on SEO at the start of the year and have recently started to learn more about social media, social bookmarking and internet marketing in general. Writing this review makes me laugh realizing how much more I know now about social bookmarking then I did when I purchased this gig back in September.

Similar to the directory submission gig I purchased in September, I bought this service more to try to learn from the results then to gain a benefit for the website. I’m constantly performing little SEO experiments and this one was no different. The service was provided by alim87 and was for:

I will submit your website MANUALLY to Stumbleupon, Folkd, Delicious, Digg, Mixx, Linkagogo, Excite Bookmarks, Mylinkvault, Secondbrain, Twitter, a for $5

The MANUALLY part appealed to me as I didn’t have a good understanding of social bookmarking and am beyond paranoid about doing anything to anger Google. When I go to SEO forums I read tactics that would make me faint at the thought of trying them but those people have lots of sites, and if one gets banned, they will just make two more. We only have one site and we obviously can’t afford to do anything stupid with it, so I’m very careful with all these experiments I try.

A few days later I got a completed notification with these results as the report:

1. http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/alim874/
2. http://www.folkd.com/user/alim87
3. http://www.delicious.com/ndtara02
4. http://digg.com/sultanmd79
5. http://www.mylinkvault.com/alim87/page-1.htm
6. http://twitter.com/#!/MDSULTAN3
7. http://www.myspace.com/571636139
8. http://blinklist.com/users/raisulislam02
9. http://www.allmyfaves.com/alim8773/
10. http://bookmarks.excite.co.uk/user/alim87
11. http://www.oneview.com/user/samad5124/
12. http://www.delicious.com/nahidmia15
13. http://www.delicious.com/miabelayet58
14. http://www.delicious.com/sakilmd26
15. http://www.delicious.com/ranamd07
16. http://www.delicious.com/hasanmd07
17. http://www.delicious.com/mohonmd35

The seller did what he said he would do, it just wasn’t too terribly much. I still left him a positive review beacuse he delivered what he said he would and it was only $5.

After I learned more about social bookmarking, I learned that it was pretty safe as long as you didn’t do anything too stupid (like blast hundreds of bookmarks to a brand new site) so I decided to try a second social bookmarking gig. I saw a provider who had good feedback and was offering his “50 social bookmarking submissions” service for $4. I decided to give it a whirl and was very pleased with the results. He ended up doing 53 submissions instead of 50 and emailed me an excel report complete with a URL for each submission so I could verify the submission. By far the best report I’ve received from the few providers I tried.

For those of you wanting to try this at home, here are the 53 sites he submitted our site to:

http://www.google.com/reader
http://www.twitter.com
http://www.flickr.com/
http://www.google.com/bookmarks/
http://www.reddit.com
http://delicious.com/
http://www.livejournal.com
http://www.plurk.com
http://www.tumblr.com
http://www.diigo.com
http://www.folkd.com
http://www.oneview.de
http://www.squidoo.com
http://www.stumbleupon.com
http://identi.ca/
http://www.multiply.com
http://www.oknotizie.virgilio.it
http://www.jaiku.com/
http://www.blinklist.com/
http://hotklix.com/
http://www.linkagogo.com
http://segnalo.virgilio.it/
http://faves.com/
http://linkarena.com/
http://clipmarks.com/
http://www.buddymarks.com/
http://www.tagza.com
http://www.url.org
http://amplify.com/
http://www.a1-webmarks.com/login.html
http://www.mylinkvault.com/users/
http://www.sponter.com
http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com
http://www.myhq.com/
http://www.insertcoins.be
http://www.medical-articles.net/
http://www.oyax.com/
http://www.ohter.com
http://www.orangify.com
http://www.jeqq.com
http://www.youreldora.com
http://www.corank.com/
http://www.humsurfer.com
http://www.stumpedia.com
http://www.cadillactight.net/
http://www.webmaster911.com/
http://www.tweako.com/
http://bookmarks.oneindia.in/
http://www.tagbox.de/
http://www.aboogy.com
http://www.murl.com
http://www.sitejot.com/
http://thuhm.com/

Not bad for $4!

If I was to grade the specific providers, I would give the fiverr provider a 2/5 and the mystery forum provider a 5/5. The fiverr provider did exactly what he said he would do, and the emphasis was on the manual aspect rather then the total amount of sites he submitted to. However, after seeing the report from the second provider, it was hard not to be impressed.

I’m also going to give two grades for social bookmarking submission services in general. If you have a site with very few links, I would rate this type of service as a 4/5 with a caveat to be careful and choose a small package first (similar to my first example), so as not to double your site’s links in one shot. Doing so looks unnatural to Google, and you don’t want Google to push you into their Sandbox/penalty box.  If you have an established site and are looking to drive traffic to it, I would rate this as a 1/5. Neither service would’ve brought me one direct visitor, but they did improve my websites internet profile by a small amount.

10 thoughts on “Fiverr Review: Social Bookmarking Services

  1. Alas, i wish i understood what social bookmarking really is and what it can do for me. What’s a good beginner’s guide? Your post is so informative, but being clueless on the subject, it’s also rather cryptic (to me). I clicked over here from your Goodreads post in the forums. PM there me if you have any words of advice, m’kay?

    Suki

  2. Hi Suki,
    Social bookmarking is leaving a comment and a reference to your website on a social based website as opposed to a regular based website like this. By me leaving my website reference here http://www.Gigtask.com I have bookmarked it. By the way its a site similar to fiverr but has some gigs priced higher that $5, you can get similar jobs to that mentioned above.

    The idea of social site bookmarking is that social site have a high rating on Google and the people who participate on these sites are more likely to recommend that article/website reference to their hundred of friend on that Social site.

    I hope I’ve helped you understand. Cheers Joe

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  4. I leave a response when I like a post on a site or I have something to add to the conversation.
    Usually it is a result of the passion communicated in the post I browsed.
    And after this post Fiverr Review: Social Bookmarking Services | Guerrilla Wordfare – Romance eBooks.
    I was actually moved enough to post a thought :
    -P I do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it appear like a few of the comments come across as if they are left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are posting at other places, I’d
    like to keep up with you. Would you list all of all your shared pages like your Facebook
    page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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